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Topic: Desire (01/17/05)
TITLE: SECLUDED AND ALONE…. WITH GOD
By Mary Lindow
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As for you, because of the blood of My covenant with you, I will free your prisoners. (disappointments of the soul) from the waterless pit."(The place of severe dryness)
"Return to your FORTRESS, oh prisoners of hope! Even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you." Zechariah 9:11 -12
AS WE SEE THE PRESSURES AND WARFARE OF THIS AGE CONTINUE TO ESCALATE, we will soon discover that yesterday's anointing won't work for the battles we face today! The Lord is in every real sense of the word "demanding" us to look at our lives! Many have become entrapped by the "Old" and ingrained structures that at one time were at one time the "current" wave of how God does things in His Kingdom!
HOWEVER! GOD IS…. PROGRESSIVE!
MANY AT THIS TIME HAVE BEEN HANDED A NEW TYPE OF TOOL WITH A "WILD" INSTRUCTION BOOKLET that seems terribly difficult and will take tremendous patience to build with. If this "tool" is accepted as the "power tool" of the new spiritual century, it can do twice the amount of building with about half of the effort the old one took. The problem is, many feel secure in the way they did things in the past with the old tool, saying, "After all! It got us where we are today!" If we remain in that slower, self-focused and "one man/one woman" show, we will sadly find that the strength we had to wield that tool has left, and we are not able to muster up enough energy to use it anymore!
FOR ALL OF OUR VISIONS AND PLANS AND PROGRAMS, GOD'S WILL CANNOT BE ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT HIS STRENGTH!
THE LORD IS REALLY ASKING US ONE THING AT THIS TIME.
"How did your service and ministry to me get so dry and "waterless? How did you get into that pit in the first place?"
IF WE ARE TO BE HONEST...
...highly recommended! We got use to doing things that seemed to be systematic and that got the church onto a conveyor belt and kept things trotting merrily along!
Ahhh..! The convenience of "AUTOMATION!" And so...spiritually, we can get into AUTOMATED Christianity and never stop the machine and listen to the QUIET!
GET BACK UP TO THE HIDDEN PLACE IN THE STRONG TOWER OF GOD'S PRESENCE! He is beginning to hand out updated versions of His strategic plans for the Kingdom's "FINAL PUSH!” Yes! It can be very risky! You WILL face opposition, resistance, and persecution! Especially from those who refuse to give up their places of "Guaranteed Benefits" for working the assembly line!
GOD IS SHAKING EVERYTHING UP!
He is positioning those who are willing to allow Him to reveal Himself in greater levels of authority and power!
SO! HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE AN ANOINTED VESSEL FOR THE ASSIGNMENTS GOD IS BEGINNING TO HAND OUT?
Have you been in a season of "desolation?" A place that seemed at times barren and forbidding? Both Moses and Elijah had to go to the literal MOUNTAIN of desolation!
MT. HOREB WAS A PLACE OF DESPERATION. It was here that Moses crawled up into the cleft of a rock, wiped out and depressed, struggling with how to get the people to run with the vision, and he just collapsed! He cried out in desperation to God saying, " If I have done anything that you see of use to You… Oh God! Let me know MORE of the way you do things! “
GET INTO THE STRONG "HOLD" OF THE FATHER.
His hugs are amazing and cleansing! He sees your hope oh prisoner! He knows of your heartache and fear of being shamed! He knows of your heart’s desires!
HE IS DECLARING: "I WILL RESTORE DOUBLE TO YOU!"
"No more pit without water to wallow in! No more tethers of self-doubt and past rigid thinking!" Instead, there will be a place of freshness, inclusiveness, and great power to do damage to those who have oppressed you with evil intentions!"
GET SECLUDED AND ALONE…. WITH GOD!
Desire His presence and peace above everything else! Put away the old tools you have been trying to "build with" and draw on the strength of His presence to find the place of Authority and Release!
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